History Classes Might Be Taking a Back Seat in Minnesota by the Star Tribune's Norman Draper.
6/14/11 Addition: A just issued NAEP (National Association for Education Progress) Report
suggests students might benefit were National History Day participation to be required.
Students from around the state shared their renditions of stories past as part of National History Day in Minnesota at the University of Minnesota's Coffman Memorial Union on May 1st. In an atmosphere with all the triumph and dejection of an athletic contest, a dance competition, or a chess tournament-- scores of students wrote papers, built exhibits, created websites, and gave performances about a chosen theme.
The embedded video represents my attempt to recognize and make known some of the amazing work done by Minnesota students. It really only scratches the surface of all that is part of the experience. Suffice it to say that the learning curve associated with just the taking in of History Day is gloriously steep. But if one person gains an insight or has his or her imagination fired by this work, it will have been worth the effort.
For more information on what the event entails, visit MHS State History Day .